Plzen beat CSKA 2-1 in Champions League

Second-half substitute Tomas Wagner scored in the final minute

as Viktoria Plzen came from behind to beat a nine-man CSKA Moscow

2-1 in their final group match of the Champions League on Tuesday

to secure a place in the Europa League.

Plzen finished third in Group D with three points, while CSKA

ended bottom of the table – also with three points. Bayern Munich

and Manchester City advanced from the group to the knockout


Unmarked Wagner collected a Frantisek Rajtoral cross to net the

winner from close range with an unstoppable right-foot blast, seven

minutes after coming off the bench.

”It’s a precious goal,” Wagner said. ”We believed till the

end” we could win.

Substitute Keisuke Honda set up the go-ahead goal for CSKA with

a precise cross for Ahmed Musa to head home from close range in the

65th minute.

The Czechs went on an all-assault attack since that paid off.

Daniel Kolar equalized in the 76th with a header off a Pavel

Horvath precise cross.

Alan Dzagoev was sent off in the 67th for a foul from behind on

Vaclav Prochazka and Pontus Wernbloom followed him in injury time

after pushing a player to the ground to set up a CSKA free kick in

an emotional finish.

”It was all about emotions,” Plzen coach Pavel Vrba said.

The match was a farewell for Vrba who takes over the Czech

national team in January. The 50-year-old led Plzen to the

lucrative Champions League twice in the last three years. Plzen

also became the first Czech club to extend their European campaign

into spring for the third straight year.

”It’s a great success for us, we’re changing the history of

Czech football,” Vrba said.